Summary: SEGA Superstars Tennis is a game that brings together some of the most treasured and well known characters from the SEGA universe, in some of the most unusual courts and outrageous settings ever imagined.
Excerpt: By Brad Russell I've played the many different Mario forays of real sports, and what Sega Superstars Tennis lacks is the lasting charm of the Nintendo efforts. It's strange because the characters out of Sega could provide a different type of appeal than the Mario brand, but this game fails to capitalize on Sega's offbeat cast of characters and only offers a poor tennis game sprinkled with miserable mini games.
Excerpt: Nintendo popularised the mascot themed game on the Super NES with Super Mario Kart, then subsequently tweaked the formula with Tennis, Baseball, Soccer and a myriad of other sports. Sega has taken this format, thrown in their mascots, cranked up the crazy and the result is Sega Superstars Tennis. But is this combination an ace or a double fault?
Excerpt: , et. al. Then your smile will grow bigger as you and your friends take these characters into multiplayer singles or doubles competition. Unfortunately before you know it, your friends are going to leave and you are then going to be left with a frown as the single-player action is barely passable.
Pros: Characters take you down memory lane., Tennis matches aren't terrible., Wii controls are spot on.
Cons: Graphics could be better., Some songs are awful., Game could use better design throughout.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: This is one of those games that everyone is going to get something different out of, and provided you're not expecting anything like a serious tennis sim then I think most gamers will be pleasantly surprised overall. Despite a couple of dodgy missions and a couple of areas where the IP isn't exploited to its full potential, there's some lovely gaming stuff in here whether you're a Sega obsessive or not.
Summary: After Sonic's recent lackluster performance in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, you'd be forgiven for having low expectations for Sega's next sports game to feature mascots: Sega Superstars Tennis. Although the characters aren't all A-listers and the actual tennis isn't particularly great, the game's actually pretty good thanks to interesting court design, loads of classic music, and the fun minigames found in superstars mode.
Pros: Characters, courts, and music based on classic Sega games, Many minigames combine tennis with the gameplay of another game, More than 100 different challenges
Cons: Actual tennis is pretty average, Some levels use their source material much better than others, Many of the characters are D-listers